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OLYMPIA — A bill intended to enhance the safety of hikers, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts would establish designated target shooting areas on some Department of Natural Resources-managed lands. Senate Bill 5099 was introduced Tuesday by Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Mason County. “Target shooting is...
A bill proposed by Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen, would allow marijuana on school campuses for students who require aid for medical conditions. HB 1060 aims to permit students to consume medical marijuana on school property, aboard buses and while attending school-sponsored events. Students must...
Gov. Jay Inslee proposed a $54.4 billion state budget that would introduce a capital gains tax on stocks, bonds and other assets. The proposal would tax capital gains of over $25,000 for individuals and $50,000 for joint filers at a rate of 9 percent. The tax would raise $975 million in revenue...
A proposed law requested by State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the Department of Health would raise the minimum legal age of sales for tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21. The bill, HB 1074, was co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of 11 representatives and introduced by House Minority...
A proposed bill would allow the residential address portion of a voter registration form to be filled out with a nontraditional address. Democrat majority caucus chair, Sen. John McCoy, D-Tulalip, pre-filed SB 5079, titled The Native American voting rights act of Washington. “The Washington state...
WENATCHEE - The North Central Washington Economic Development District is a federally-designated nonprofit committed to facilitating regional partnerships and economic strategy development across Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan Counties. Each quarter, the NCWEDD is eligible for an advance from the...
WENATCHEE - North Central Educational Service District (NCESD) has announced the call for nominations for the Classified School Employee of the Year award. The deadline is Jan. 25, 2019. School districts throughout the NCESD’s four-county service district are encouraged to nominate outstanding...
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continue to team up to combat illegal robocalls targeting Americans, including Veterans and their families. Each year, the FCC receives more than 200,000 complaints about unwanted calls. While this may seem...

Rep. Mike Steele
OLYMPIA - Rep. Mike Steele has been selected to serve as the ranking member on the House Education Committee. For the past few years, the committee has been in the spotlight as it worked to reform K-12 education funding for the state. With the approval of a new K-12 salary allocation model at the...

Rep. Kathy McMorris Rodgers, (left) Rep. Herrera Beutler (right) and Rep. Dan Newhouse (center) at the opening session of the 116th Congress.

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